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Category: classical

Thursday, July 2nd

string festival
day four

Alfred Schnittke (1934-98), Piano Quintet (1972-76), live (Katya Apekisheva, piano; Boris Brovtsyn, Julia-Maria Kretz, violins; Amihai Grosz, viola; Torleif Thedéen, cello), Netherlands, 2010

Wednesday, July 1st

string festival
day three 

Wolfgang Rihm (1952-), String Quartet No. 13
Arditti Quartet, live, London, 2012



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One peers down into regions where one’s feet would never, never have trod, because in certain regions, indeed in most, one has no purpose whatever.

—Robert Walser (1878-1956), “Balloon Journey,” 1914 (translated from German by Christopher Middleton)

Monday, June 29th

string festival
day one

György Ligeti (1923-2006), Sonata for Solo Cello (1948-53); Matt Allen, live, Westport, N.Y., 2009



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the butterfly I passed
two miles back
is ahead now

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827; translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Wednesday, June 24th

Morton Feldman (1926-1987), Rothko Chapel (1971); Seattle Modern Orchestra (with Julia Tai, conductor; Melia Watras, viola; Stephen Olsen, celesta; Brian Yarkovsky, percussion; Sarah Marroquin, soprano), live, Seattle, 2012

Today Morton Feldman enters the MCOTD Hall of Fame, joining saxophonists Von Freeman and Henry Threadgill, trumpeter Lester Bowie, poets William Bronk and Wislawa Szymborska, photographer Helen Levitt, and gospel singer Dorothy Love Coates.



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This performance reminds me at times of Emily Dickinson:

The Stillness in the Room
Was like the Stillness in the Air—
Between the Heaves of Storm—

—No. 591 (Johnson), “I heard a Fly buzz”


art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Jean-Luc Mylayne (1946-), No. 560, 2008 (Mutual Regard, through August 23rd)


Thursday, June 18th

sounds from the other side of the moon

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915), Piano Sonata No. 5; Dmitry Rachmanov, live, San Francisco, 2015


Here’s another take.

Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997), live recording, Prague, 1972

Thursday, May 28th

How about something new?

PRISM Quartet and Steve Lehman (alto saxophone), excerpts from “15 Places at the Same Time” (S. Lehman), live, Philadelphia, 2014



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There’s a reason it’s called the nervous / system.

—Karen Solie, “Ode” (The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out)


Wednesday, May 27th

Sit back. Close your eyes. Listen—just listen.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major (“Waldstein”); Emil Gilels (1916-1985), live



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My boys.

I don’t have them to hold. What do I do with my arms?

—Sonali Deraniyagala, Wave

Saturday, May 16th

There are a handful of pianists whose every note I’m hungry to hear—he’s one.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Sonata No. 8 in A Minor; Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950), recording, 1950




art beat

Bruce Davidson (1933-), Palisades, New Jersey, 1958


Thursday, May 14th

Whether you live for 50 years, 500 years, or 5,000 years, it makes no difference: always there are new things to hear.

Dieter Ammann (1962-), Violation (1999); Lemanic Modern Ensemble (William Blank, cond.) with Karolina Öhman, cello; live, Russia (St. Petersburg), 2014



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The old pond—
a frog jumps in,
sound of water.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694; translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Monday, May 11th

career plans for the next life

Maybe, instead of those other things (tap dancer, rubboard player in a zydeco band, bass player in a reggae band, guitar player in a Malian band, cellist in a string quartet), I’ll be a bird.

John Luther Adams (1953-), songbirdsongs (1974-80), Callithumpian Consort (Stephen Drury, dir.), recording (2012)


art beat

Tony Fitzpatrick (1958-), Lunch Drawing #48: A Bird for Bruce Lee



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